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Linkin Park will release their sixth studio album called The Hunting Party on Tuesday (6/17/14) and you can stream the whole thing right now on iTunes. It definitely sounds like a return to their Hybrid Theory days as far as I can tell. Listen to it right now and see if you like it.
It’s now time for Boner of the Day (Tuesday recap). 3 news stories -- examples of bad, stupid, or funny human behavior. You will decide with your vote who is the worst, most deserving, of the award no one wants to win: the Boner of the Day. Boner: it means mistake.
Boner Candidate #1 - You Will Take Me To A Jumbo Jack and A Barq's Root Beer, Now!
A Los Angeles teacher allegedly drunkenly pulled a knife on students in their car Saturday night and demanded they take him to the fast food chain Jack in the Box. Read More
Boner Candidate #2 - Congrats On Your Coveted Status As A Sexual Assault Victim
Fox News contributor and Washington Post columnist George Will derided efforts on college campuses to combat the sexual assault epidemic as a ploy to "make victimhood a coveted status that confers privilege." Read More
Boner Candidate #3 - She Wasn't Gonna Need Those Groceries
Thieves stole groceries from the decimated SUV of a Houston woman who was killed in a car crash while driving her two young sons on Wednesday. Read More
It was another close race today, but boner candidate #3, "She Wasn't Gonna Need Those Groceries," won with only a handful of votes and was awarded the "coveted" award of Boner of the Day.
If you haven’t heard of the Rooftop Concert Series that's going on in Provo, then what are you doing with your life??! Watching cheese melt? It's a FREE concert series the first Friday of every month, May through October, featuring upcoming bands from Utah. This is a grand opportunity to check out the latest artists from the Utah music scene before they hit Imagine Dragons or Neon Trees status. They got their start doing shows just like this. Here are 7 local bands X96 has ears on:
1. VanLadyLove (Similar to NEEDTOBREATHE, The American Authors, and Mumford & Sons) Strange name, we know. But these guys will be HUGE. VanLadyLove have had several TV appearances. They performed on the season finale of Sister Wives, They have been touring like crazy all through the US and they have hit spot #3 on NMS’ Top 100 Artists On the Verge. They released their new EP, “LoveMatter” back in February. Ironically, on Valentine’s Day. They will be performing at the Rooftop Concert Series June 6th with We Are The Strike & Cory Mon. They'll also perform a Beatles Tribute Show June 27th at the Covey Arts Center in Provo. Here's the new single from LoveMatter called “Neverland.”
Facebook / Twitter: @vanladylove / Instagram: @vanladylove
2. The Young Electric (Similar to Hawthorne Heights, Taking Back Sunday, and Anberlin) Formerly known as The Trademark, The Young Electric guys have been performing around Utah for over ten years. Adding new guitarist, Mat Deason, promted them to leave their old monikers behind and become The Young Electric. Recently, they signed with Tragic Hero Records and hit the road with Hawthorne Heights, Forever Came Calling, and The Animal In Me. The Young Electric just released their new EP, Crows in December. Here’s their latest song from that EP, “Bleed It Dry.”
Facebook / Twitter: @tyeband / Instagram: @tyeband 3. The Moth & The Flame (Similar to Imagine Dragons, Radiohead, and Sparkle Horse) Even though The Moth & The Flame recently relocated to Los Angeles, Their roots are deep in Utah. They started playing shows in Provo, Salt Lake, and Logan, but have moved on to festivals such as SXSW and touring Europe with Imagine Dragons. Not bad. Like all bands these days it goes EP then album, which is due by summer's end. The Moth & The Flame are playing at the rooftop concert series September 5 w/ The Brocks and Coral Bones. Listen to our favorite, “Sorry.”
Facebook / Twitter: @TheMothTheFlame
4. Coral Bones (Similar to Coldplay, Radiohead, and Foster The People) Another band playing the rooftop concert series on September 5 is Coral Bones. This Provo-born, indie-pop outfit has crafted a bunch of piano-driven, pop-rock songs on their latest album, “Youthemism” and is currently working on a new album, including this new song, “Queensway.”
Facebook / Twitter: @icechrisb
5. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop (Similar to The Beastie Boys, Wu Tang Clan, and Macklemore) Let's change things up to keep it funky fresh. Can't Stop Won't Stop is a Hip-Hop duo bound to make you get off your lounger and Dougie around the room. They are Provo-based, but relocated to Los Angeles (where dreams are made, right?). They'll be performing at the rooftop concert series August 1st. The new album Wildebeest is out now. Check out “Scrape The Sky.”
Facebook Twitter: @CSWSmusic / Instagram: @CSWSmusic
6. Westward The Tide (Similar to The Lumineers, Of Monsters & Men, and Mumford & Sons) Winners and supreme champions of City Weekly's Best of Utah Band Showcase, Westward The Tide will be opening up for Local Natives at the Twilight Concert Series. Their sound is something very similar to the folk-rock that's been trending lately by the likes Of Monsters & Men, Twin Forks, Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, etc. However, you'll appreciate less banjo and more melodic vocals from Westward the Tide. You can catch their latest album “Sorry Soul” with this calming piece, “This Heart I Know.”
Facebook / Twitter: @westwardthetide / Instagram: @westwardthetide
7. Better Taste Bureau (Similar to Schoolboy Q, Macklemore, and Ab-Soul) Masters of City Weekly’s Best of Utah Rapper showcase, Better Taste Bureau are loved by those who know for their energetic rap melodies and aggressively hip live performances. A must see if you're interested, but always complaining, that Utah doesn't represent when it comes to hip-hop. Better Taste Bureau makes it their mission to help bring Utah’s music scene out of obscurity. Their new album Outliers is out now. Makes it loud and bother your neighbors with “Out West.”
Facebook / Twitter: @btbslc / Instagram: @btbslc
Written by: Zach McEntire (Intern; twitter: @McEntireZach)
Edited by: Richie T
Monday (Memorial Day)
Tuesday – Killer Homo Impulses Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro discussed on air with Dr. Robi Ludwig the idea that Elliot Rodger (the UCSB Killer) went on a rampage because he was gay. (Read Full Story Here)
Wednesday – Your dead kids don’t trump my constitutional rights Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, insisted the deaths of innocent people "don't trump" his constitutional rights to a gun. (Read Full Story Here)
Thursday – Modest is Hottest A group of female high school students in Wasatch County say their school took "modesty" standards too far when their yearbook photos were digitally altered to cover up skin, without their knowledge or permission. (Read Full Story Here)
Friday - Isla Vista shootings? I blame the gays. In a discussion with Tony Perkins, president of the hate group Family Research Council, FRC senior fellow Ken Blackwell blamed gays and the acceptance of them for Elliot Rodger's mass shooting. (Read Full Story Here)
These are the days of streamlined synths, whining about lost love, who loves who more, unrequited love, how love makes you feel, taking a walk, and other simply dull metaphors that couldn’t cut through 11 1/2” college ruled.
That is why some days you just need a little anger along with some fast paced guitars and antisocial lyrics. Songs about hating your mom and/or dad. Song about being pissed when things don't work out - when you burn your hot pocket in the microwave and some talking head is spouting nonsense, nonstop on any of the 10 screen in front of you at any given time. There is only one genre for that. It has been archived and mostly laid to waste these days, but I want to bring it back even if it’s for only one blog post.
I will leave it up to you to carry the message, add to or take away from the list or just bitch about it.
These are presented in no specific order. Just like kids, no one can have a favorite punk song (notice how a lot of these songs don’t have videos - shame Kickstarter didn’t exists in the 90’s).
I was a huge poser, but I loved and still love this music. With that said I give you my top 90’s punk tracks.
1. Lagwagon “Mr. Coffee” - I don’t drink coffee but this song had me seriously reconsidering my position. “On legal speed the American way…”
2. Guttermouth “Derek” - While certainly not their most fun song- I’d leave that up to “Mr. Barbecue” or “1,2,3 Slam or “Lipstick” - this is my favorite song. Straight ahead…”I’m old enough to think / I’m old enough to drink / I won’t ebb with your tide.”
3. NoFX “Don’t Call Me White” - Where to even start with NoFX? Throw a dart and your are likely to be content with any of their tracks. “What’s the explanation for the malice, for the spite? Don’t Call Me White” Mahler’s 6th of punk.
4. Suicide Machines “S.O.S.” - Can ska be punk? Can punk be ska? Who gives a shit? “Destruction by Definition” and “Battle Hymns” are both brilliant albums. I remember seeing this band multiple times when In the Venue was called Bricks and had nothing but a 1 foot concrete high-rise in the back.
5. No Use for a Name “Justified Black Eye” - Shame Tony Sly had to leave us so soon, but No Use certainly left a legacy. This song is at the heart of it.
6. Pennywise “Bro Hymn” - There really are only two Pennywise songs I ever got requests for and one was a cover. The other, a tribute song to their friends who died in a car wreck. No better used of the “whoas” has ever or will be used.
7. The Descendants “I’m the One” - Before Milo went to college they proved punk could be catchy. Could be my favorite song about codependency and delusional love. I could be wrong though. Who wants to overanalyze? This isn’t NPR.
8. Bad Religion “21st Century Digital Boy” - There was no way I was going to get away with a list like this without including Bad Religion. You can bitch about the song choice, but it was one of the few that broke through. Thankfully as a generation raised on TV we all grew up perfectly adjusted and never felt neglected. Warm and fuzzies all around!
9. Rancid “Roots Radical” - In my opinion no other song on their 1995 album has the pop this one has. You’ll sing along. You’ll kick something and you’ll want a goddamned leather jacket with a side of liberty spikes.
10. Face to Face “A-OK” - This song drops the bottom out of your stomach. “I don’t know what you want from me, but it’s probably already gone…don’t say I’m okay…I’m not okay.” I don’t think I had ever heard a song that cuts like this. Give up. Not everything is good. Sometimes life sends shit and you just let yourself wash over in empathy and other’s denial.
There are so many more I could have included, but I'll let you do that. I went through at least 100 songs to those these together. Music from when the Warped Tour actually felt warped and somewhat aggressive. The only guy wearing guy-liner was Davy Havok and band names weren't 20 syllable.
Have a loud summer.
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